The prosecutors in the Ted Stevens case are not going to be penalized for failing to comply with a judge's order.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has lifted his contempt finding against three Justice Department attorneys.
Sullivan held them in contempt in February 2009 after they missed a deadline to give documents to Stevens' attorneys. On Tuesday, Sullivan ruled that the prosecutors will not be punished because they later turned over the documents.
A Republican, Stevens represented Alaska in the Senate for 40 years but lost the seat after his conviction on corruption charges. He died in a plane crash two months ago.
Sullivan later dismissed the conviction and ordered a criminal investigation into the prosecution's handling of the case.